Whirligig park set for Wilson

Vollis Simpson at work

News & Observer File Photo of Vollis Simpson at work. Photo by Robert Willett

Whirligig park set for Wilson – Local/State – NewsObserver.com.

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May 21 Announcement

Vollis Simpson May 2010

Vollis Simpson Photo courtesy Burke Uzzle ©

A public announcement for a major downtown arts project will take place Friday, May 21 @ 10:30 AM on the vacant lot across from Hi-Dollar Warehouse.  This lot is bounded by Goldsboro, South and Douglas Streets.

Join Congressman G.K. Butterfield; Linda Carlisle, Secretary, NC Department of Cultural Resources; Mary Regan, Director, North Carolina Arts Council and local arts, government and business leaders at this event.

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Vollis Simpson

Vollis Simpson

Vollis Simpson started making his whimsical, moveable art structures and erecting them in the early 1980’s. The first of his movable art were placed on his farm just off of Wiggins Mill Road in Lucama, NC. He has been featured in numerous magazines, books, newspapers and publications. His work has been featured all over the world from California, Canada, Switzerland, and London, England.

The first publication that wrote about Vollis Simpson was November, 1986 in U.S. News & World Report. Time Magazine wrote an article August 7, 1989 and he was featured in the May/June, 1998 issue of Modern Maturity. On December 21,  1998 People Magazine had a feature story of his work. Our State Magazine has featured him in both the February, 1999 & August, 2003 issues. In September, 2003, Southern Living wrote an article about Vollis and his work. There have been several books giving recognition to him: Signs & Wonders, Raw Vision, Fantasy World, Raw Creations, Eldersence and many more.

There are four sculptures permanently erected in Atlanta at the intersection of Courtland Avenue and McGill Street. These sculptures were used at the 1996 Olympic Games. The North Carolina Museum of Art has a 50 foot sculpture & in downtown Raleigh are several sculptures. His work can be seen at the Inner Harbor at the Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. The Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC has several “Whirligigs” on their property and have a shop called “Whirligigs Kids”. There is a “Whirligig” at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly, NC and at the Wilson Rose Garden.

Read the recent New York Times article about Mr. Simpson.

Biography compiled by the Wilson Whirligig Festival

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